New Furnace Buying Tips From Larry Howald
OK. It’s really cold out in Indianapolis! We know there’s nothing worse than hearing it’s time for a new furnace. It can be a hit to the wallet. Here are some ideas to help your household make a good buying decision at a reasonable cost when the time comes.
1. Cost for repairs vs. new: A furnace should last 15 to 20 years. Take care of the ol’ gal and you’ll come on the high side of those years. When repairs are more frequent and costly, it could be time for a new furnace.
2. Furnace efficiency: Efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). It’s basically measuring efficiency of an appliance when it coverts energy to fuel to heat in a typical year. New furnaces range from 80% to 98% efficiency (the higher that number the more it costs). A recommendation is based on home size, total rooms, total floors and your budget.
3. Rebates: Ask for them. Also ask if the company has any specials available and for other cost savings from manufacturers and even government entities. Homeowners are surprised at the savings that can add up bringing your bottom line down.
4. Scratch and dent: Just like every other business, yep, we have scratch and dents available (sometimes). No one sees your furnace. As long as it is in good working order—why not?
Larry Howald, Owner, Howald Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing